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African Head Charge

Songs Of Praise

    Originally issued in 1990 and considered by most fans to be AHC’s masterpiece. Religious chants set to an African dub backdrop of layered hand percussion, with a mighty sonic and great musicianship places the record in a unique place. An outernational classic. For this reissue the album has been expanded to a double LP with all the tracks from the original vinyl release plus bonus tracks previously only available on CD. Includes a download card for the full audio plus double-sided poster insert with excerpts from a new interview with band leader Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Yes there's plenty of get stuck into with AHC, but if you insist on only one - then make this one it! The quintessential set from the pioneering transcendental dub wizards! Every home deserves one...

    TRACK LISTING

    Side One
    1. Free Chant (Churchical Chant Of The Iyabinghi)
    2. Orderliness, Godliness, Discipline And Dignity
    3. Hymn
    4. Dervish Chant

    Side Two
    5. Hold Some More
    6. Healing Father
    7. Healing Ceremony
    8. Cattle Herders Chant

    Side Three
    9. Ethiopian Praises
    10. My God
    11. Gospel Train
    12. Chant For The Spirits
    13. God Is Great

    Side Four
    14. Deer Spirit Song
    15. Full Charge
    16. Fullness
    17. Special Mix 

    African Head Charge

    Voodoo Of The Godsent

      A fresh slew of African Head Charge lands for 2020! This 2011 LP from the massive was never available on vinyl when it was first released. Master percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah joins forces once again with dubmaster Adrian Sherwood at the controls and a whole host of guest musicians, including contributions from dancehall pioneer Jazzwad and electronics from Adamski. All the elements of a classic African Head Charge album are present: spaced out dub, tribal chants, ecstatic trance, but updated with a rugged sound system undercarriage. Arguably some of the hardest hitting AHC rhythms laid down in the studio to date. Cut as a double LP for maximum dynamics by King Kevin Metcalfe. Includes download card for full contents and double-sided poster insert containing new interview with Bonjo on the making of the record.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: A new set of later recorded African Head Charge albums has just landed. Be sure to check 'em out if you're into all corners of the bass spectrum as Adrian Sherwood is one of the leaders of the pack.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side One
      1. In "I" Head
      2. The Best Way
      3. Take Heed... And Smoke Up Your Collyweed

      Side Two
      1. Stoned Age Man
      2. African Bredda
      3. Mysterious Happenings

      Side Three
      1. This And That And The Other
      2. Undulating
      3. Timpanya

      Side Four
      1. Badman Plan
      2. Dobbyn Joins The Head Charge
      3. God Willing
      4. Fear Of A Man God (Bonus Track)

      African Head Charge

      Churchical Chant Of The Lyabinghi

        A unique album of outtakes from the classic Songs Of Praise and In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land albums, compiled by On-U archivist Patrick Dokter from the original tapes and expertly sequenced to work as an immersive listening experience. A companion piece to the acclaimed Return Of The Crocodile set from 2016 that took the listener on a version excursion through the early years of the group. These are the dubbier and more out-there experiments mixed down whilst Adrian Sherwood was shaping the sound of the albums. Bubbling percussion lines skitter across the stereo spectrum, ghostly voices echo inside the machine and mangled guitar riffs beam down from Mars, whilst staying rooted in the tough tribal rhythms that form the bedrock of the AHC sound, this is music for the head and feet, take heed!  Mastered by King Kevin Metcalfe, comes with download card for full contents plus double-sided poster insert containing an extensive new interview with African Head Charge mainman Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah telling the story of his early life. 


        TRACK LISTING

        Side One
        SHASHAMANE VERSIONS
        1. Peace And Happiness
        2. Jungle Law
        3. Learned
        4. One Love, One Heart (Version)
        5. Pitched Fever

        Side Two
        DUBS OF PRAISE
        6. Dervish Dub
        7. Dub Some More
        8. Disciplined And Dignified
        9. Healing Father's Dub
        10. Dub For The Spirits 


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